Did you know that ginger has been valued for thousands of years for its medicinal and culinary properties, particularly in ancient Chinese, Indian and Greek civilizations?
When I was pregnant with my first child, I went the modern route where I disregarded ALL the Chinese traditions related to post-natal care, despite my elder sister’s best intentions – that’s what happens when you try to be too smart and “be independent” 😛
If I lived close to my beloved grandmother, I would definitely have had a proper Chinese confinement where I
– drank red date tea,
– eat foods lovingly cooked with old ginger, and sesame oil
– possibly not bathe or wash my hair (although I know that my grandmother would figure something out from her stash of leaves, roots and herbs).
My baby would be hugged and held with a lot of love because he would have no end of hands there – this is the beautifully big Chinese family in which I grew up in 🙂
During my second pregnancy, I decided to go all out with a proper Chinese post-natal confinement
Well, I had a strange “windy feet” syndrome after my first pregnancy – my feet felt cold all the time!
When the elders heard about it, they tsk tsk tsk and said that it’s rheumatism, which a young 30-something should NOT be feeling.
While almost every one of my blog readers pooh-poohed my idea of experiencing a proper Chinese confinement and shared their personal testimonies of fighting fit with Western practices, I stood as firm as an oak tree in a windy storm.
I was the one pregnant. I was the one with windy feet. I was the one who will be caring for a baby and a toddler by myself in China. And I am glad that I stood firm with my decision.
One of the most important rituals that I skipped in my first pregnancy is the herbal massage.
Massages with ginger-based products
Ginger-based products are especially warming and comforting at this time of the month.
Here are some natural products for you to try:
Naissance ‘Work it Out’ Aches & Pains Massage Oil (100ml)- £6.99
– 100% Natural Blend of Grapeseed Oil with Ginger, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Coriander, Lavender & Vetiver Essential Oils
– 100% natural massage oil to help ease all your aches and pains.
– Certified Cruelty Free and vegan friendly. No artificial fragrances or colours, no sulphates, no GMO.
– soothing warmth – may irritate some skin types. Test on a small area first. To remove, use baking soda and cold water.
– Great smells; not like your usual sports rub
– Fortified with valuable active ingredients of arnica blossom, ginger and almond oil.
– Kneipp is a completely natural body and skincare brand, from head to toe.
– All products are made in Germany and contain no paraffin, silicone or mineral oils.
DiGize™ is a blend of pure Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, and other essential oils, designed as ointment that soothe discomforts topically.
Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise, Patchouli.
Whenever I am having stomach discomforts, I just rub 2-3 drops (preferably diluted with 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil or your favourite carrier oil) over my belly and feel relief from inhaling the soothing aroma and the warming sensation on my abdomen area. Bliss…
I have also used DiGize for the little ones and they feel comforted too ^_^
DiGize is one of the 10 bottles found in the Premium Starter Kit (with an aroma diffuser)
(If you’d like to order DiGize or the Premium Essential Kit (12 x 5 ml bottles of essential oils, click here to purchase the Premium Essential Kit, which contains 10 everyday essential oils).
Contact me if you have any questions 🙂
*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.